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Shibuya's crowds stir image of the 'real Tokyo'

Shibuya's crowds stir image of the 'real Tokyo'
Asahi - May 26, 2010

As many as 900,000 pedestrians are estimated to cross the "scramble" X-crossing in front of JR Shibuya Station in central Tokyo each day.

To Tokyoites, it is likely nothing more than a busy intersection. But many foreign tourists regard it as a symbol of modern Japan.

In fact, some people go so far as to say that unless one experiences the rush of crossing this intersection, a tourist cannot claim to have experienced the "real Tokyo." Typically, tourists go to the second floor of a building on the corner of the intersection to snap photos of the crowds crossing the street. ...

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The History of Kabuki (5) / The Saruwaka-cho Kabuki

1842 - 1868: The Saruwaka-cho Kabuki

Male actors played both female and male characters. The theatre was as popular as ever, and remained the entity of the urban lifestyle even until modern times.
Although kabuki was performed all over ukiyo and other portions for the country, three kabuki theatres set themselves apart from the rest and became the top theatres in ukiyo.
The Nakamura-za, Ichimura-za and Kawarazaki-za theatres are where some of the most successful kabuki performances were and still are held.

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The History of Kabuki (4) / Kabuki after the Meiji period

Kabuki after the Meiji period

Beginning in 1868 enormous cultural changes such as the fall of the Tokugawa shogunate, the elimination of the samurai class, and the opening of Japan to the west helped to spark the re-emergence of kabuki. As the culture struggled to adapt to its new lack of isolation, actors strove to increase the reputation of kabuki among the upper classes and to adapt the traditional styles to modern tastes.

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The History of Kabuki (3) / The golden age

1673–1841: The golden age

During the Genroku era, kabuki thrived.
The structure of a kabuki play was formalized during this period, as were many elements of stylization. Conventional character types were determined.

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The History of Kabuki (2) / Transition to yaro; kabuki

Transition to yaro kabuki

The modern all-male kabuki, known as yarov kabuki (young man kabuki), was established during this period. After women were banned from performing, cross-dressed male actors, known as onnagata ("female-role") or oyama, took over.

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The History of Kabuki (1) / Female kabuki

The history of kabuki began in 1603 when Okuni of Izumo, possibly a miko of Izumo Taisha, began performing a new style of dance drama in the dry riverbeds of Kyoto. Female performers played both men and women in comic playlets about ordinary life.

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The rock garden of Ryoanji / Kyoto Travel Spot

Mainichi - May 19, 2010

Kyoto is arguably the most historically rich and interesting city in Japan. In 794, with the establishment of Heian-Kyo ("capital of tranquility and peace"), it became the seat of the imperial palace and continued to perform the venerable function until the Meiji Restoration starting in 1867. During World War II, Kyoto was spared from the American air raids in consideration of its rich cultural tradition. Today, the ancient temples and shrines in the city attract tourists from all over the world. Among the countless places of interest in the ancient capital, Ryoanji temple holds a special significance. (Mainichi)

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Traveling wind-chime peddler rings in the summer

Traveling wind-chime peddler rings in the summer
Asahi - May 21, 2010
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(Akira Nakayama carries his furin in Tokyo's Ginza district.)

THERE'S a certain sound that let's you know summer is really here: the tinkling of dozens of furin glass wind chimes brought into earshot on the shoulder of the traveling seller.
In Tokyo's Ginza district, and more recently Roppongi, that man has been Akira Nakayama.

At 66, he's one of Tokyo's last peripatetic chime peddlers, having been in business for 36 years. Over the decades, he's sold chimes in the thousands and developed a profile of his customers. ...

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Tsukiji Fish Market / Japanese Food Culture

The Tokyo Metropolitan Central Wholesale Market (東京都中央卸売市場, T醇vky醇v-to Ch醇縁・ Oroshiuri Shij醇v), commonly known as the Tsukiji Market (築地市場, Tsukiji shij醇v), is the biggest wholesale fish and seafood market in the world and also one of the largest wholesale food markets of any kind.
The market is located in Tsukiji in central Tokyo, and is a major attraction for foreign visitors.

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Purple Japanese Irises in Sunshine

Kyoto Shinbun - Apr 30, 2010

Kyoto City has newly revamped its online official travel guide "Kyoto Kanko Navi" to provide city tourism information. In the full revision of "Kyoto City Tourism and Culture Information System," the "Jibundake-no Area Map," or the personal tourist map generating capability based on visitors' interests, and search functions were also enhanced.

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Japanese town full of delights, including gardens, art & history

Visitors to Japan who are looking for an old-style town with traditional houses, stores and streets should head for Obuse in Nagano prefecture. Obuse is a cozy community known for its delicious chestnuts and as the home of Hokusai, the famous painter and printmaker from Japan's Edo period. About 150 miles north of Tokyo, the settlement of 12,000 sits in the northeast of Nagano Basin, nestled on the Chikuma River and surrounded by hills. Enhancing Obuse's charm are its gardens. Walking the narrow streets, visitors will see signs in front of houses here and there that say "Open Garden," welcoming tourists to enter the properties and enjoy viewing the unique greenery and flowers. So far, 104 homeowners with gardens have registered for this project. (stripes.com)

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Edreaming (Edo+Dreaming)

When the tower called “Tokyo Sky Tree” is completed, it will be 634 meters tall and become the tallest among antenna towers in the world. http://www.tokyo-skytree.jp/english

Why 634 meters?


That’s partly because they want to build a higher tower than the TV tower, which is scheduled for completion at the end of this year in Guangzhou, China. It will be 610 meters tall.

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Hakodate Cherry Blossoms 2010 / Cool Japan

Hakodate City is located near the southern tip of the island of Hokkaido across the Tsugaru Strait from the main island of Honshu. It is usually the first stop on Yamasa's discovery tour each February.
The name of the city originated during the Muromachi era (1392-1573), when Hakodate was the home of the yashiki (a feudal mansion) of the Kono clan. Due to the cold winters, the mansion was shaped like a box (hako) and so the name of the locality became "Hakodate" (the box mansion).
Introduce herewith Hakodate Cherry Blossom on May 14, 2010

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Matsumae Cherry Blossoms 2010 / Cool Japan

Matsumae is a small, out of the way, but very interesting destination. It is both the southernmost town in Hokkaido, and the northernmost castle town in Japan.
Some guidebooks state that the Japanese colonization of Hokkaido began in the 19th century - this is basicallyy incorrect. From the 15th century, Matsumae and its immediate hinterland was formally part of Japan, and Japanese settlement precedes this period of control by some margin. Encroachment, frontier warfare, dispossession and colonization began well before the Meiji period.
Introduce herewith Matasumae Cherry Blossoms 2010 on May 13.  

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Japanese Yukata (浴衣) / Cool Japan

A yukata (浴衣) Season is comming due to Summer season will come soon.
A yukata is a Japanese garment, a casual summer kimono usually made of cotton.
People wearing yukata are a common sight in Japan at fireworks displays, bon-odori festivals, and other summer events.
The yukata is also frequently worn after bathing at traditional Japanese inns. Though their use is not limited to after-bath wear, yukata literally means bath(ing) clothes.

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The Blossom season of Wisteria / Cool Japan

Wisteria (also spelled Wistaria) is a genus of flowering plants in the pea family, Fabaceae. It contains about ten species of woody climbing vines native to the eastern United States and the East Asian states of China, Korea, and Japan. Aquarists refer to the species Hygrophila difformis, in the family Acanthaceae, as Water Wisteria.

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Kabuki-za (歌舞伎座)

Kabuki-za (歌舞伎座) in Ginza is the principal theater in Tokyo for the traditional kabuki drama form.
The Architecture of the "Kabuki-za" is as follows.

The original Kabuki-za was a wooden architecture, built in 1889 on the ground where there was either the Tokyo residence of the Hosokawa clan of Kumamoto, or that of Matsudaira clan of Izu.

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Japan’s leading man comes to the Wells

You might know "Kabuki (歌舞伎)", one of Traditional Culture.
Kabuki is the highly stylized classical Japanese dance-drama. Kabuki theatre is known for the stylization of its drama and for the elaborate make-up worn by some of its performers. The individual kanji characters, from left to right, mean sing (歌), dance (舞), and skill (伎).

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Kakunodate Cherry Blossom 2010 / Cool Japan

Kakunodate(角館) is a former castle town and samurai stronghold in today's Akita Prefecture. While Kakunodate Castle no longer remains, the town is famous for its samurai tradition and its hundreds of weeping cherry trees (枝垂れ桜/shidare-zakura).
Apart from the loss of its castle, Kakunodate remains remarkably unchanged since its founding in 1620. The town was built with two distinct areas, the samurai district and the merchant district. Once home to 80 families, the samurai district still has some of the best examples of samurai architecture in all of Japan.
Kakunodate is also well known as the location of one of the Tohoku Region's most popular cherry blossom spots. Around late April and early May, large crowds of people come to see Kakunodate's special combination of pink blossoms and historic homes.

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Hirosaki Cherry Blossoms 2010 / Cool Japan

Hirosaki (弘前市, Hirosaki-shi) is a city located in southwest Aomori Prefecture, Japan. It is a castle town and was the Tsugaru clan ruled the 100,000 koku tozama han Hirosaki Domain from Hirosaki Castle during the Edo period. The city is currently a regional commercial center and the largest producer of apples in Japan. The city government has been promoting the catchphrase "Apple Colored Town Hirosaki", and "Castle and Cherry Blossom and Apple Town" to promote the city image.
Hirosaki is also a famous Cherry Blossoms spot and able to be enjoyed around the beginning of May every year in Tohoku district.

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